USB’s Latest Avatar Offers Double Data Speeds with the Same Cable

July 28, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

USB 3.0 at its time was a big revolution, but the standards have been progressing so quickly that it had to an extent become inadequate for many. That’s why we have the introduction of the latest USB standard: the USB 3.2.

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has just revealed the latest entry, giving a glimpse of what to expect next. The new standard do offers all what we have expected including improved transfer speeds. But the biggest feature is that it comes sans the worried change; change of cables.

USB 3.2 will continue to use the same reversible cables that’s being used for the multilane USB-C. So you just have to wait for the devices to get upgraded with the new standards to start enjoying the new experience with the same old cables.

USB 3.2 will offer data speeds of up to 10Gbps through a single lane. The overall speed will be 20Gbps courtesy of the dual lanes available. The effective transfer speed will be close to 2Gbps, which is quite impressive when compared with the previous 3.1 standard.

A formal release of the USB 3.2 specification can be expected during the USB Developer Days North America event that’s scheduled for September. Post the launch, it will be up pace with which the manufacturers switches to the new standards.

At this point of time, it doesn’t sound pragmatic for the manufacturers to bring in the technology to their flagship launches we are expecting later this year. But it cannot be ruled out completely, given the pace with which vendors are incorporating new technologies to their new launches.

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